This was the third time in the history of the AAcNS that the annual meeting was held at the Breakers in Palm Beach Florida, a truly beautiful venue. The moonlit evening events on the lawn, and the captivating room for the dinner allowed members and their families to reconnect.
The Scientific Program Committee developed an inspiring and engaging program. The Scientific Program Committee was chaired by Howard Riina (NYU), who was joined by Sepideh Amin-Hanjani (UIC), Aviva Abosh (U Colorado) and Michael McDermott (UCSF). The mix of cutting edge abstracts and special topical sessions led to lively discussions.
Special topic sessions included a discussion on “Why do neurosurgery trials fail?” led by Fred Barker (MGH), a “Point/Counterpoint on Global Neurosurgery” introduced by Jacques Marcos.
Russ Lonser (Ohio State) gave the inaugural Oldfield Lectureship, a moving tribute to a stellar leader in neurosurgical research for decades. The Academy Award winner Pier Paolo Peruzzi (BWH) presented clearly his team’s innovative work on functional synergism of microRNA clustering to induce epigenetic interference in glioblastoma. Brian Lee (UCLA) received the Academy Young Investigator Award and Arjun Pendharkar (Stanford) received the Academy Research Fellowship Grant.
During the three morning sessions, 61 abstracts were presented by AAcNS members and Academy Scholars. Once again, the captivating science presented in the abstracts highlighted the best science at the forefront of every subspecialty, and ranged from basic advances relevant to neurosurgery, to long term clinical trial outcomes. Afternoon sessions were devoted to the 15 Academy Scholars and 9 Emerging Investigators.
Presidential Address by Daniel Barrow, MD
Dan Barrow (Emory) gave a tour de force, breathtaking ride through hu- man history entitled “A Brief History of the Future”.
Rome 2019 meeting
Abstracts for the Rome meeting will be due in early July 2019. Of note, there was a substantial increase in the number of abstracts submitted by members to the 2018 meeting, reflecting the sustained dedication to cutting edge research in neurosurgery. Michael McDermott (UCSF) chairs the 2019 Scientific Program Committee.